Butter Maple Macadamia Ice-cream

Butter Maple Macadamia Ice-Cream

If there is one thing I really miss on this vegan diet, it’s ice-cream. It’s warming up here in Australia and summertime to me means long, lazy days at the beach with my hubby and kids, enjoying ice-cream by the water. But being new to eating vegan (I only converted just under 3 months ago), I was on the lookout for some tasty ice-cream recipes I could make for myself that were easy – 1. because I have very little time I need it to be fast and yummy, 2. because I don’t own an ice-cream machine, and 3. because I really, really, really¬†want ice-cream!

Being that I am also off sugar and processed foods and I realised that finding a recipe that actually tasted like traditional, creamy, sweet ice-cream was going to be a challenge.

However, one of my beautiful friends, Alicia, posted a link to 29 vegan ice-creams just a few days ago and my spine tingled with excitement. I knew out of 29 recipes there had to be at least 1 that I could eat and enjoy…… and I found it! The recipe originally comes from another blog, The Simple Veganista, but I tweaked it slightly to use up ingredients in my pantry because I didn’t have time to go to the shops. So here is what I came up with.

Ingredients

4 frozen bananas
1/2 cup almond butter (or whatever nut butter you have available)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup tahini
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp raw honey
1 cup macadamias (or your favourite nut)

Slice your frozen bananas and throw them in the food processor with the nut butter, maple syrup, tahini, cinnamon and vanilla. Turn on your processor and while it is running drizzle in the raw honey for it to mix through.

Pour the ice-cream into a freezer safe container (I used an old ice-cream bucket I had in the cupboard) and stir through your macadamias.

You can eat it as is, which is like a soft ice-cream, or pop it in the freezer for a few hours and wait for it harden up. The texture will be just like store-bought ice-cream, and believe me – it is worth the wait!

This should make up roughly 1 litre of ice-cream which supposedly serves 4, but I’ll leave that up to you to decide ūüėČ

I’m sorry I don’t have more photos. I will make this again soon enough and will be sure to take some more so you can be even more tempted to make it. For now, check out the link above the recipe, she is a pro at adding photos before she eats the lot, unlike me.

I hope you love it!!

xx

Choc-Mint Cacao Dipping Sauce

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I have always had a massive sweet tooth and the¬†treat I succumb to most is chocolate. It is by far my biggest weakness and now that I am eating vegan I can no longer eat the blocks of chocolate I used to pick up in the supermarket. But it doesn’t mean I can’t get my chocolate fix, and when I want to indulge this is my go-to recipe.

Usually I enjoy it with a good handful of fresh strawberries, or I mix it through some soy¬†ice-cream,¬†but sometimes I just get the teaspoon out and dig in. We all have those moments, right?! ūüėČ

It is super simple and only requires a food processor or a stick blender or whatever it is that you have in your kitchen to whizz things up in. Here is the rundown –

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/8 cup cacao
  • 1/8 cup rice malt syrup (you could use any sweetener here, honey, maple syrup, stevia, etc)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 drops peppermint oil

METHOD:

  • Place all your ingredients into the food processor, mix until smooth.¬†¬†

          If the consistency is a little bit too thick for you then add a little bit of cold water to thin it out.

If you start with cold avocado then you can enjoy it immediately, otherwise scrape it into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for an hour or so.

 

That’s it! Too easy. Too delicious. Plus, it’s all natural, there are no refined sugars, no dairy, no nasties. Just pure, wholesome homemade food.

Also, feel free to play around with the flavours, I think choc-orange would be AMAZING! If you have some oils or extracts at home then give them a go. Just a few little drops can make a whole new experience and tastebud sensation.

If you make it please comment below and let me know what you think!

Enjoy xx